Music Lessons

The piano area

Waiting area (piano area in background)

Waiting area

A panoramic view of the waiting and teaching areas combined

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

I work with piano students of all ages, beginning to upper intermediate, as well as with all levels of students in music theory, ear training, and compositions.

I tailor piano lessons to each student. In addition to method books and repertoire, I utilize supplemental books as it benefits the student or where the student shows interest—technique, scales, exercises, theory, note speller. If a beginner-level student comes to me having already begun with another method, I am comfortable proceeding with that. Students purchase their own music books, either from me, online, or from a music store such as University Music in Lowell. All of my students purchase and keep an assignment book ($1.75 plus tax) in which I write each week’s lesson. It’s usually Hal Leonard’s Wide Manuscript Paper. Students need to have a decent piano at their home on which to practice. An electric keyboard is fine, but it must have weighted, touch-sensitive keys and a pedal. The weighted keys are crucial to develop strength in the fingers and a generally good hand position.

Students agree that regular practice is essential to progress. Their music should take the same priority as their schoolwork, sports, and any other activities. Comprehension and creation of music is rewarding and fun, but it is also work.

Students have various reasons for wanting music theory tutoring and ear training, but often it’s to prepare them for college entrance exams. To that end, I make every effort to understand what any college’s theory and ear-training entrance exam looks like and I set practical goals with the student. The student may be required to purchase ear-training and/or theory books.

My comfortable studio is on Jackson St. in Lowell (see photos). At least one parent of younger students must be present in the studio during each lesson. As the studio is an open-space plan, the sitting area for parents and family is not separate. You are welcome to listen in, bring some reading, text quietly, or even bring a meal if you need to eat. I have a third digital piano with headphones for waiting sibling students who want to get a little extra practicing in while brother/sister is taking a lesson. I do ask for relative silence from waiting families. Phone conversations may be taken outside of the studio in the hallway.

I’ve been working with musicians and music students of all ages and backgrounds in a wide variety of capacities since my high-school days—as a collaborator, pianist, accompanist, composer, theorist, and music engraver. I bring to my students a sense of empathy that stems from my own diverse background.

I really enjoy noticing how young students express their joy over performing a particular piece of music. This manifests itself in various ways, from body language and facial expression when they play, to verbal declarations such as “I LOVE this song!” One of the most telling ways is when a student continues to play the piece even after we’ve moved on, during the little breaks when I write in their assignment books.

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